If you want to know something and know it well, try teaching it to another. The process causes one to reflect and the act of sharing brings great rewards. Doug Stowe
A bit of theory first, box making follows

Doug began teaching woodworking in the early 1990’s when he was invited to teach woodworking seminars for the Teche Woodworkers in New Iberia, Louisiana. From that first class, he was hooked. He began teaching at woodworking schools and clubs throughout the United States. In 2001, the Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, launched the Wisdom of the Hands Program to provide woodworking education for students in grades 1-12. Doug has been the director of that program since its inception.

To reclaim the real, both in the way we encounter other people and in the way we encounter things, can have profound implications on education. What can be more real than the making of beautiful and useful objects using traditional hand tools and from the lovely woods that come from and link us to our natural environment. In this light, Stowe sees woodworking education as a means to integrate hands and mind in the learning process, a subject he addresses in his blog, Wisdom of the Hands.

In addition to consulting at the Clear Spring School, Doug teaches regularly at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

Teaching Schedule

In schools, we create artificial learning environments for our children that they know to be contrived and undeserving of their full attention. Without the opportunity to learn through their hands, the world remains abstract, and distant, and the passions for learning will not be engaged. Doug quoted by Matthew Crawford in "Shop Class as Soulcraft."
Doug demonstrates making inlay strips.

Doug’s calendar for 2024 (so far):


May 10 to May 12 Jigs and Fixtures for Box Making The Eureka Springs School of the Arts

June 3 to June 7 Box Making The Eureka Springs School of the Arts

June 17 to June 29 Mentored Residency in Woodworking The Eureka Springs School of the Arts

Schedule a class for a club!

Doug frequently teaches weekend classes for woodworking clubs throughout the US. Please contact him via email for details and to arrange for him to teach at your club. Email Doug at douglasstowe@gmail.com

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